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Jane Oliver

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Hadlow doesn’t get Austen

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-05-2020

I was expecting something super witty but got, comforting predictable, happy, feel-good love story. Don’t think the ridicule of a decent Austen book come through well despite many attempts. Atherton reads well.

Mystery magic and mayhem

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-04-2020

Juliet Stevenson never fails to disappoint and her narration of this extraordinary emotional tale set in damp fields of mystery is to TERRIFIC. I cannot recommend it more highly;
it is one of my favourites and I have 250 in my library

Light or Dark I could not tell; definitely sentimental

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-12-2019

Beautifully performed but the plot just does not bear out the pace. At times it was tedious to the point of needing to skip ahead, but if you appreciate a steady paced historical romance with two low-esteemed miscommunicating protagonists, this audiobook with its vivid settings will suit. It has excellent sexual tension, melancholia and misfits with the inevitable happy ending.

Sweet. Excellent Gaelic love prose included

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-05-2018

The moral of the story is, don’t tempt your friend’s malicious pride or she may have you stolen away. Beautifully read; Carolyn Bonnyman is my favourite reader in all Audiobooks. This is not as complex as Amanda Scott’s highland and Border series but it’s evocative of a longing for a simple and isolated life that resonated with me. Watch out for traditional roles for women getting thrilled with house makeovers! Otherwise it’s a little intriguing.

Hugh my aggressive hero

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-04-2018

Bordering on ridiculous, I throughly enjoyed this finale primarily because of Sally’s narration. Steady, soothing and adventurous, I recommend this audiobook if you like the Borser trilogy.

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Silly but well read

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3 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-12-2017

If you like Plain, Smart English Woman Rescued by Foolish Fops (stupid rigid debonair types with emotional literacy issues), choose this! Saving grace is the dulcet tones of Ms Landor as narrator. Sir Richard is, I’m afraid, completely unbelievable.

Jumpy neurotic heroine with unbelievable hero

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-11-2017

Written seven years after Gabaldon’s clever Outlander, this time traveller romance wizzes through one rollicking scene to the next. Mary QueenofScots’ diary is intertwined well. A bit too much Telling and not enough suggestive Showing but enjoyable enough.

Beautiful recording, so Scots

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-08-2017

It's a slightly political 15th century swimmingly soothing romantic drama with steady pace and quietly revealed characters.

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Beautifully read, good characters

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-05-2017

Through Juliet Stevenson's extraordinary voices the many people in this perfectly constructed story come alive. The flawless goodness of the grandson, the evil of the undeserving uncles, the calm simplicity of one wounded grandmother (Anne) contrasts starkly with another less compassionate (the countess). But it's the interweaving of upstairs/downstairs relationships and class snobbishness that highlight's Fellowes' steady march to a gripping finale that intrigued me. James Trechant as an ambitious merchant on social climbing expeditions that are painful in their grossness and are well contrasted by his wife's grace in all she does. Each scene in each house or couple interaction is well plotted to the point I felt a small grief when Belgravia was done.

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Good story to start, overly dramatic performance

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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-04-2017

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I did not really like this production despite quite enjoying other Susanna Kearsley audiobooks as I found that the dramatic, gregarious reading of the character Lyn was overblown and did not match the author's intention.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I could not get past about chapter 4. It was just too aggressive; I look for pleasant escapes when listening, not stark reflections of my own stressful life :-).

Would you be willing to try another one of Katherine Kellgren’s performances?

I must admit I'm really put off by her interpretation. I found it pushed all my pompous buttons.

Did Named of the Dragon inspire you to do anything?

Try another Kearsley book.

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